<h1>Construction Quality</h1><p class="vocab-desc">A compilation of HousingZone's articles, surveys, ideas, trends, and tips on construction quality for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.</p>

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How to Weatherize Roof-Wall Intersections

Mitigating moisture between changes of materials and panes requires special attention


Stress-free remodeling: Using trade walkthroughs

The more details that can be discussed, clarified and understood before signing a construction contract, the better it is for both the homeowner and the contractor.

People You Should Know: Michael Luzier

NAHB Research Center is helping remodelers and builders find ways to incorporate smart practices

Federal Reserve releases interim rule on home appraisal process

The Federal Reserve released a new interim rule on home appraisals that helps to clarify the home appraisal process. Under the guidelines, home builders may ask appraisers to consider additional information about the property being appraised, including information about comparable properties.

NAHB: Smaller homes to remain popular even after recession's end

A new look at housing starts based on data from the Census Bureau finds that single-family homes in the U.S. continued to get smaller last year, and the downward trend is likely to last significantly beyond the end of the recession. From a peak of 2,268 square feet in 2006, the median size of new single-family homes dropped consistently through last year, when the size was down to an even 2,100, according to NAHB.

People you should know: Sarah Susanka

The market downturn has more people embracing Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big design philosophy

Pattern sheets: What?s old is new

Pattern sheets let remodelers and builders offer design details to ensure a quality outcome

Window market banking on energy efficiency

Even with tax credits soon to expire, manufacturers expect market to stay strong

Design/build focused

Jackson Design and Remodeling keeps strong by sticking with what made them successful

Solving six common framing problems

Over the past 25 years as a builder, building inspector and lumber industry representative, I've inspected a great deal of framing all over the country.